Fire safety in Council-owned accommodation blocks

By Anne Lee on June 16, 2017

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All fire safety precautions in Kettering Borough Council owned flats have been reviewed this week following the awful disaster at Grenfell Tower. The Council doesn't own any flats more than three stories tall, and the external cladding system in the London fire has NOT been installed on any Council-owned property in this Borough.

The Council have been in touch with the manufacturer Alumasc who have provided written assurances that the materials that they have supplied will not propagate the spread of flames. Any cladding used on our buildings will not propagate the spread of flames.

This is because they comprise rendered or brick faced finishes that are classed as non-combustible, have an inert fire break at each level about the first floor, and are fixed in such a way to ensure that will not suffer disproportionate collapse during a fire.

The Council have also said that the Fire Service is carrying out a risk assessment throughout the County to ensure that they aware of buildings that have used the materials or the construction techniques that have failed Grenfell Tower.

The Council will also work with the Fire Service to identify other risks, and take and improve fire safety where necessary. This includes physical work to eliminate risk, installing separate bin storage facilities, tenant education and Sterile Communal Areas Implementation.

Given what has happened in Grenfell Tower, this is all re-assuring for residents in Kettering.

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Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.

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